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(A&F links to Blue Valentine (2010) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).) Amazon link to the novel by M.L. Stedman. The New Yorker: “Told with the authoritative simplicity of a fable, this début novel by an Australian lawyer living in London considers the question of what the right thing to do is when the pursuit of one’s own happiness becomes a zero-sum game. Set in the years after the First World War in a lighthouse in the far west of Australia, the story begins with the familiar trope of the stranger who arrives in a storm. Here the stranger is a newborn baby, whom the lighthouse keeper and his wife, desperate for a family, take in as their own. Stedman’s intricate descriptions of the craggy Australian coastline and her easy mastery of an old-time provincial vernacular are engrossing. As the couple at the lighthouse are drawn into an increasingly tragic set of consequences, these remote, strange lives are rendered immediate and familiar.” The film stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.
Cianfrance and Gosling team up again (Blue Valentine) for a crime thriller in which Gosling plays a motorcycle stuntman contemplating committing a crime in order to provide for his newborn son, and the subsequent actions that place him on a collision course with a cop turned politician (Bradley Cooper).